Chelsea and Manchester City set to be priced out of Edinson Cavani move by PSG as Laurent Blanc speaks of 'love' for the Napoli striker

French champions prepare £50m bid for Napoli striker according to reports in France

Paris Saint-Germain look set to compete with Chelsea and Real Madrid for the transfer of Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, with the Ligue 1 champions preparing a £50 million bid for the striker.

Cavani has been the most talked about transfer through the summer so far, with Europe’s biggest clubs looking to sign the striker after a string of impressive seasons with the Italian club.

But the stumbling block for any potential move has been Napoli’s president Aurelio de Laurentiis’ refusal to accept any bid below the stiker’s buy-out clause of £53m.

Having lost their manager to Madrid, PSG are keen to re-stress that they are a contender in the European elite, and a confirmation of that would be beating Ancelotti’s side to the signing of Cavani.

De Laurentiis said on Tuesday that no formal offer had been made for the 26-year-old, but reports in France suggested that Cavani’s agentm Pierpaolo Triulzi, was seen in Paris on Monday ahead of meeting with PSG’s technical director Leonardo.

Former Napoli forward Ezequiel Lavezzi is already at the Paris club, and it is thought relations between the two sides remain positive following the Argentinians move last year.

New PSG boss Laurent Blanc today spoke of his admiration for the player.

"He is a player that I love, like a lot of people.

"I saw him play several times with Naples and Uruguay, and should he be part of the Parisian team, I would be very happy."

Cavani is currently on holiday having been on Confederations Cup duty with Uruguay, with his national side losing the third-place play-off to Italy on Sunday, but he is expected to meet with the Napoli president upon his return “to look at my future with my representatives”.

Chelsea had previously made an enquiry over the asking price of Cavani in the hope that an intention of transfer would lower the fee asked by the Naples club, but the refusal to budge over the £53m has caused them to back away from the move for the time being.

Manchester City have also distanced themselves from the move due to the hefty fee, though should new manager Manuel Pellegrini feel the need to strengthen their attack following the departure of Carlos Tevez, he may well make a move for Cavani.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and DiCaprio, at an awards show in 2010
filmsDe Niro, DiCaprio and Pitt to star
News
i100
News
In this photo illustration a school student eats a hamburger as part of his lunch which was brought from a fast food shop near his school, on October 5, 2005 in London, England. The British government has announced plans to remove junk food from school lunches. From September 2006, food that is high in fat, sugar or salt will be banned from meals and removed from vending machines in schools across England. The move comes in response to a campaign by celebrity TV chef Jamie Oliver to improve school meals.
science
Sport
England captain Wayne Rooney during training
FOOTBALLNew captain vows side will deliver against Norway for small crowd
Life and Style
Red or dead: An actor portrays Hungarian countess Elizabeth Báthory, rumoured to have bathed in blood to keep youthful
health
News
peopleJustin Bieber charged with assault and dangerous driving after crashing quad bike into a minivan
News
peopleHis band Survivor was due to resume touring this month
News
people'It can last and it's terrifying'
Life and Style
fashionModel of the moment shoots for first time with catwalk veteran
Sport
Radamel Falcao poses with his United shirt
FOOTBALLRadamel Falcao's journey from teenage debutant in Colombia to Manchester United's star signing
Life and Style
fashionAngelina Jolie's wedding dressed revealed
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Chief inspector of GPs: ‘Most doctors don’t really know what bad practice can be like for patients’

Steve Field: ‘Most doctors don’t really know what bad practice can be like for patients’

The man charged with inspecting doctors explains why he may not be welcome in every surgery
Stolen youth: Younger blood can reverse many of the effects of ageing

Stolen youth

Younger blood can reverse many of the effects of ageing
Bob Willoughby: Hollywood's first behind the scenes photographer

Bob Willoughby: The reel deal

He was the photographer who brought documentary photojournalism to Hollywood, changing the way film stars would be portrayed for ever
Hollywood heavyweights produce world's most expensive corporate video - for Macau casino

Hollywood heavyweights produce world's most expensive corporate video - for Macau casino

Scorsese in the director's chair with De Niro, DiCaprio and Pitt to star
Angelina Jolie's wedding dress: made by Versace, designed by her children

Made by Versace, designed by her children

Angelina Jolie's wedding dressed revealed
Anyone for pulled chicken?

Pulling chicks

Pulled pork has gone from being a US barbecue secret to a regular on supermarket shelves. Now KFC is trying to tempt us with a chicken version
9 best steam generator irons

9 best steam generator irons

To get through your ironing as swiftly as possible, invest in one of these efficient gadgets
England v Norway: Wayne Rooney admits England must ‘put on a show’ to regain faith

Rooney admits England must ‘put on a show’ to regain faith

New captain vows side will deliver for small Wembley crowd
‘We knew he was something special:’ Radamel Falcao's journey from teenage debutant to Manchester United's star signing

‘We knew he was something special’

Radamel Falcao's journey from teenage debutant to Manchester United's star signing
'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes': US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food served at diplomatic dinners

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
Radio Times female powerlist: A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York